Brew Biz: Werts and All


Written by Ken Carman

The Topic: Palcohol… A Brave Brew World, or Not?

Ken Carman is a BJCP judge; homebrewer since 1979, club member at Escambia Bay, Clarksville Carboys and Music City Homebrewers, who has been interviewing professional brewers all over the east coast for close to 20 years.

  Palcohol. Certainly you’ve heard of this controversial powdered form of alcohol that was, essentially banned, then recently approved.
  Yup. Looks like cocaine.
  How it’s made is proprietary, though I would guess the process may be similar to how powdered coffee creamer is made. Just a guess from the guy whose father invented the liquid form, but talked a lot about how both kinds were made.
  Alarmists have wanted to keep it off our shelves because it would encourage underage drinking. Hey guys and gals: clue… that demon seeped out of Pandora’s Box long, long ago. Underage drinkers will get alcohol however they can. Does this make it easier? Eh, maybe a tad. But totally banning only encourages them to become more creative and takes essential control out of the hands of adults.
  But how does palcohol relate to beer? Continue reading “Brew Biz: Werts and All”

Inspection- Beer-y Interesting Controversy

Since, once again, we head into craft beer sue-land, here’s an archive edition of the column on the first, recent, controversy.-PGA

Ken  Have you noticed how some controversies morph and the drama eventually seems to become more drama queen?
 Have you noticed that maybe it’s serving those who do “battle” well: people are clicking on sites like mad, product is headed out the door even faster?
  Ever wonder if that was the plan by both sides all along? Continue reading “Inspection- Beer-y Interesting Controversy”

The 7 Beer Trends You Need to Know This Spring


Despite rumblings that we might be approaching a saturation point, America’s craft-brewing boom hasn’t slowed down a bit — there are now more than 3,000 breweries operating across the U.S., and the number continues to grow. It’s great for beer lovers, who get to choose from an increasing number of varieties. From brews inspired by ancient styles to entirely novel blends, here are seven hot U.S. beer trends to watch.

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